“…whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”
The Word of truth is actually the word of freedom. Jesus stated in John 8:32 that “you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” Since we can only know the truths we’ve learned from the experience gained by practice; it stands to reason that we would be paying very close attention to how we apply the written Word of God to our lives.
The word “looks intently” in the passage above carries the idea of a person stooping over to get a better look at something. Only something you considered very important would be worthy of your investing the time to examine it more carefully.
If you will make God’s Word a high priority in your life, continually looking into this “perfect law that gives freedom,” James says you will be blessed. If you take God’s written instructions as your core values, and are committed to practicing them in your daily routines, you will come to understand the truth and that truth will absolutely set you free!
Jesus was anointed to proclaim freedom. Luke 4:18 says; “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,” Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:17 that “the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
The Holy Spirit, who inspired the perfect law that brings freedom, is your helper. He will guide you into all its truth and He will lead you through the process of walking out the freedom that has been purchased for you.
It is faith building to know that cooperating with the Holy Spirit in your daily routines according to God’s written Word brings increased freedom into your life. This is how you live the victorious Christian Life that the New Testament describes.
So look intently into God’s perfect law that brings freedom, keep the Word in your thoughts, speak about them to others, experience increased freedom as you practice them daily, and you will Be Encouraged. -JSP